Why I Love My Job
I love my job, I really do. Sure I would rather not deal with the traffic, the blown tires, the bad coffee and the even worse accommodations. But I am realistic. Everybody has parts of their jobs that they don’t like – maybe the commute, maybe your annoying boss, maybe it’s your crappy desk chair. You just have to find a job where those parts are still better than even the pros for other jobs. There is a lot to like in trucking. I like not reporting to an office every day, doing the same tasks over and over. I don’t have to write memos or emails to a boss who doesn’t care what I think. I’m glad that I sit behind a wheel and not in front of a computer. While I am not entirely my own boss, I have a lot of personal freedom. If I feel like taking my lunch at 11, nobody stops me. If I want to get started a few hours early so that I can clock out a few hours early to catch a ballgame, I can do that. And, even better, nobody tells me how to dress!
First responders and the military get a lot of recognition, and it is well deserved. Teachers should receive more of an acknowledgment, because they certainly have earned that as well. But truckers don’t get a whole lot of recognition, and that is unfortunate. It’s not running into burning buildings or performing life-saving surgery, I know that. We deliver the parts to fix the engine of the fire truck that’s going to put out fires in your neighborhood. We’re the ones delivering critical drugs to the hospital so that lives can be saved. We are the ones who take the food our hard-working farmers grow and get it to the grocery store so you can buy it. And we’re the ones who help stores all around the world stock their shelves and deliver their orders. Most people don’t think about how the shelves at their local store get stocked or how the items they buy online on the other side of the country get to their homes.
To have all that responsibility, and to do it safely, is a real challenge. It’s a big job. It takes a toll on your relationships and your health. The longer you haul, the more hours you log, the bigger the cost to you personally (even if the paycheck is bigger). There are a lot of factors to weigh when you go into this job. But for me, it’s worth it. I’ve been all over the country and seen some amazing sights. I have stopped in big cities and little towns that might not even be on your map. People have to take vacations sometimes to go the places I get paid to go. I’ve met people that I would never have come in contact with otherwise and made friends with people from all walks of life. I get on the CB radio in my rig and am instantly part of a family.